AR121-4-AU-CO:
Art Revolutions

The details
2023/24
Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15
27 September 2023

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This module offers an in-depth study of a revolutionary moment in the production of art. Why is it that artists 'suddenly' start to create works that are startlingly different from what came before?


Starting with the provocative Realism of the mid nineteenth century, The module will further investigate Impressionism in the context of the social, political and economic changes that heralded the birth of modernity in France.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:



  • To introduce students to key movements in the history of art by focusing on Realism and Impressionism.

  • To develop skills of oral and written description and analysis of art works.

  • To develop interpretation skills through comparative visual analysis.

  • To familiarise students with the use of primary and secondary sources.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to have:



  1. A sound grasp of Realist and Impressionist artworks and their context.

  2. The ability to interpret works and texts based on sound knowledge of the appropriate historical and interpretative contexts.

  3. The confidence to subject the texts studied to critical analysis.

  4. Good bibliographic and basic research skills.


Skills for your Professional Life


By the end of this module, students will also be expected to have acquired a set of transferable skills, and in particular be able to:



  1. Engage with the subject through visual analysis and close attention to detail.

  2. Define the task in which they are engaged and exclude what is irrelevant.

  3. Seek and organise the most relevant discussions and sources of information.

  4. Process a large volume of diverse and sometimes conflicting arguments.

  5. Compare and evaluate different arguments and assess the limitations of their own position or procedure.

  6. Write and present verbally a succinct and precise account of positions, arguments, and their presuppositions and implications.

  7. Be sensitive to the positions of others and communicate their own views in ways that are accessible to them.

  8. Think 'laterally' and creatively (i.e., to explore interesting connections and possibilities, and to present these clearly rather than as vague hunches).

  9. Maintain intellectual flexibility and revise their own position based on feedback.

  10. Think critically and constructively.

Module information

The themes we will explore will include labour and class, gender, the built environment, and display. We will explore not only the historical stature and reputation of Courbet, Manet, Degas, Monet, Morisot, Cassatt and others, but their contemporary relevance. The module will also examine why artists reacted to their time, and how they also came to influence it.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour combined lecture and seminar per week.

There will also be Reading Week when no teaching will take place, exact week to be confirmed.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Quizzes TOTAL    20% 
Coursework   250-word Essay Proposal with Bibliography  09/11/2023  30% 
Coursework   1250-word Research Essay¬†  14/12/2023  50% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Natasha Ruiz-Gomez, email: natashar@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Natasha Ruiz-Gomez
PHAIS General Office - 6.130; arugadmin@essex.ac.uk.

 

Availability
Yes
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External examiner

Dr Dominic Paterson
University of Glasgow
Senior Lecturer in History of Art / Curator of Contemporary Art
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 16 hours, 15 (93.8%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 


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